Birthdays And Spinnerbaits

Imagine a future with more birthdays — a future without cancer.

It never hurts to dream big!

The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday May 22 and, with it, the many milestones it has reached in the fight against cancer.

As Nobles County gears up for its 17th annual Relay for Life event June 21, in Worthington, 19 teams — 250 Relay members — are raising money to help in the fight against cancer locally, across the state and around the country. The money teams have raised over the past year, combined with those from luminaria contributions, donations and campsite sales at the Relay are used for cancer research, education, advocacy and service.

It isn’t too late to be a part of Relay and create or join a team. For more information, call Kim Lambert at 372-5305 or 360-6406, or email

In recognition of its 100th birthday, the American Cancer Society is tooting its own horn, as well it should. For instance, did you know that two out of three people diagnosed with cancer today are surviving at least five years? ACS research has led to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since the early 1990s. In other words, the lives of nearly 1.2 million people have been saved in the last two decades.

So, happy birthday ACS! Wouldn’t it be great if, in the next 100 years, cancer could become a disease of the past?

Speaking of birthdays, I must say happy 19th birthday to my niece Jessie, along with her mom, Connie, who notches another “40-something” birthday.

With one mother-daughter birthday in the family, we’re all wondering if there might be another double birthday next month with nephew Matt and his wife expecting their second child. Matt’s already been told if they have a girl, he can expect Princess cakes for the next several years!

Matt, my fishing buddy ever since he was old enough to hold a rod and reel, took a couple hours out of his busy life to go fishing with me last Saturday night.

I still see him as the little boy who told me stories on the shoreline as we waited for bullheads to bite at Hawkinson Bridge, but thank goodness he grew up to learn fishing skills from more than just his “Aunt Juwee.”

I may have taught him how to bait a hook, but now he has taught me not just what a spinnerbait is, but how to use it. We weren’t successful in catching any bass the other night, but I did manage to catch my first northern pike of the season. (Matt even made me take it off the daredevil all by myself!) He had caught a much larger northern a few nights before my success, so I guess he has the bragging rights again this year.